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Our on-farm store is open for the season. Due to Covid-19 we will be operating with reduced official hours: Friday - Sunday 10am - 6pm. We are also open by appointment. The online farm store is available year round. Just place your order and we'll contact you to arrange delivery or pickup.
Customers recieve points for every purchase which can be redemed for a discount on a future purchase. Learn more.
Due to Covid-19 and the limitations on social distancing doing tours, we are unfortunately suspending tours for the summer, but our customers are able to look around when they visit.
Hope River Farm is located in the rolling farmlands of central Prince Edward Island, just five minutes from Cavendish. Our pastoral, mixed animal farm is the perfect place to reconnect with your childhood memories of the family farm or your very first farm visit.
On a normal year we are happy to provide drop-in tours between June and October, but we will not be doing drop-in tours for the Summer due to Covid-19. Our farmer led tours last about 30-45 mins and explore the farm, while we introduce the animals and discuss food production and animal husbandry. Our tailored approach is suitable for all, from the littlest farmers to informed consumers.
If you are looking for a more hands-on, experiential visit we have partnered with Experience PEI to provide a Chore Time adventure. This lasts approximately two hours and is suitable for all ages.
During Chore Time, you'll throw on some work gloves and get the opportunity to help move the pens, feed and care for all of the animals. It will give you and your family a real understanding of what it takes to run a food producing small farm.
Check out our Chore Time on the River and Wilder show:
Hope River Farm is managed by Nancy Sanderson who grew up on a mixed farm in rural Saskatchewan. As the eldest of four she spent hours 'learning from dad' how to do everything from swing a hammer to castrate a bull. Further study in Environmental Science and Veterinary Technology, as well as a Red Seal in Cabinetmaking have all contributed to her 'jack of all trades' skill-set.
Nancy is assisted on the farm by Ken and Kaley, as well as many helpful neighbours, friends and volunteers who instinctively show up when you need them the most.
Hope River Farm is as much about the land as it is the animals we raise. We make operational decisions with a goal that our farm will be part of the surrounding ecosystem, rather than competing with it.
Soil health is also an extremely important aspect of how the farm is managed. A healthy soil ecosystem sequesters carbon, increases water retention and filtration, reduces input requirements, improves nutrient cycling and increases the productivity and quality of forage. Soil health is farm health.
Since taking over the farm we have: